Neck injury to disable Bocanegra for at least three weeks.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, October 19, 2010) -- United States defender Carlos Bocanegra injured his neck playing for Saint-╔tienne in a 2-1 French Ligue 1 loss Sunday at Nice and could be sidelined for three weeks, his club said on its web site.
Bocanegra, the U.S. captain, went down during the match and banged heads with Nice striker Eric Mouloungui. He will likely miss four matches with the team hoping he can return November 13 against Valenciennes.
The U.S. finishes its 2010 schedule November 17 in South Africa, but Bocanegra was not expected to be called in for that game because there was no international break for the friendly.
Bocanegra is in his first season with Saint-╔tienne, which is in second place at 5-2-2 with 17 points, two points behind Stade Rennes (5-0-4).
U.S. goalkeepers shine
After a week off for international matches, European leagues returned to action this past weekend and it was quite a showing by American goalkeepers in England's Premier League
Ageless American keeper Brad Friedel, 39, was again at his best for Aston Villa as he shut out league-leading Chelsea in a 0-0 draw Saturday at Villa Park.
Friedel had four saves, including a gem stopping a low drive from Nicolas Anelka in the 54th minute. Anelka placed a header past him in stoppage time, but the shot hit the crossbar.
United States keeper Brad Guzan was on the bench backing up Friedel and American defender Eric Lichaj dressed, but did not play for Villa.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard likewise had a strong outing, keeping a clean sheet for Everton in its 2-0 Merseyside Derby victory over visiting Liverpool Sunday at Goodison Park. In the 214th meeting between the two neighbors, goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta were enough for Howard, who made a half dozen saves -- the best when he tipped Fernando Torres's flicked header over the bar.
American keeper Marcus Hahnemann had a strong match, making four saves for Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 1-1 draw Saturday with West Ham United. Hahnemann only gave up a penalty to Mark Noble as the two clubs fought to exit the relegation zone.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector did not dress for West Ham.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden went 90 minutes Saturday for Bolton Wanderers who defeated Stoke City 2-1.
U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey went the distance and received a yellow card for Fulham, which lost to Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Saturday. U.S. striker Eddie Johnson played the final six minutes for Fulham.
In the second-tier English League Championship, American forward Conor Doyle dressed, but did not play for Derby County in its 3-0 triumph Saturday over Preston North End.
American defender Zak Whitbread still has an injured calf and missed Norwich City's 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers Saturday.
In third-division League One, American defender Frank Simek went 90 minutes for Carlisle United in a 2-1 loss Saturday to Exeter City. American striker Mike Grella played the second half for Carlisle
American midfielder Anton Peterlin did not dress for Plymouth Argyle, which fell 2-0 to Notts County on Saturday.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96, a 3-0 loser Saturday to Bayern Munich. U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley dressed, but did not play for Hannover.
U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance in Borussia M÷nchengladbach 's 3-2 loss Sunday to newly-promoted TSG Hoffenheim.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones, who recently debuted with the U.S. men, had the day off, serving a red-card suspension for Schalke 04, which drew 2-2 Saturday with VfB Stuttgart.
American midfielder Daniel Williams dressed, but did not play for SC Freiburg in it 2-1 setback Saturday to Werder Bremen.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark did not dress for Eintracht Frankfurt, which dropped a 3-0 decision Sunday to Kaiserslautern.
In the 2Bundesliga Saturday, American keeper Luis Robles made five saves for Karlsruhe, which lost 2-0 to VfL Bochum.
Another American keeper David Yeldell made three saves for MSV Duisburg which defeated Arminia Bielefeld 3-1 Monday.
American forward Kenny Cooper has an injured knee and was sidelined for TSV 1860 Munich, which tied 0-0 Sunday with RW Oberhausen.
American defender Amaechi Igwe also has an ailing knee and missed FC Ingolstadt 04's 2-1 loss to Alemania Aachen on Sunday.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu played 87 minutes and received a yellow card for Glasgow Rangers in their 4-1 win Saturday over Motherwell.
American keeper Dominic Cervi did not dress for Glasgow Celtic, which edged Dundee United 2-1 on Sunday.
In Spain yesterday, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore dressed, but did not play for Villarreal which, despite being reduced to nine men, twice came from behind to draw 2-2- with Hercules.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan dressed, but did not play for RSC Anderlecht, a 1-0 loser Sunday to Cercle Brugge.
In Italy, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu did not dress for AC Milan, which defeated Chievo Verona 3-1.
According to reports in the Milan media, Onyewu will be among five players offered for sale by Milan when the January transfer window opens.
In Greece, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu did not dress for Aris Thessaloniki in its 4-0 loss Sunday to AEK Athens.
In Denmark's Superliga, American striker Marcus Tracy has returned to the U.S. for additional surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee. Tracy, who suffers from chronic knee tendinitis, will not be able to train until January at the earliest.
He has not appeared for Aalborg BKsince December. He was in a U.S. training camp in January where he injured his knee, an injury that sidelined him since.
American striker Chris Rolfe is out with a hamstring injury for Aalborg.
This weekend, U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst played 90 minutes for FC Nordsjaelland in its 1-1 draw with Brondby on Sunday.
In the second-tier Viasat Division, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber went the distance for AGF Aarhus, which defeated Hjorring 3-0 Sunday.
In Sweden, American midfielder\defender Ryan Miller played 90 minutes for Halmstads BK, which dropped a 2-0 decision to Mjallby.
In Norway, Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes and received a yellow card for IK Start, which drew 3-3 Sunday with Kongsvinger. Fellow American defender Hunter Freeman did not dress for Start.
American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played 90 minutes for Stabaek IF' in its 2-1 Sunday loss to Haugesund.
American keeper Steve Clark dressed, but did not play for Honefoss BK, a 2-0 loser to Rosenborg on Sunday.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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